May 10, 2021: Today is Miuccia Prada’s 73rd birthday! The leading Italian fashion designer has impeccably dressed countless women for several decades, and she’s best known as the Italian luxury fashion house’s head designer. She’s the youngest granddaughter of Mario Prada, who founded the label in 1913. Miuccia stepped in to revive the brand in the 70s, ultimately transforming it into the fashion powerhouse it’s recognized as today.
Before Miuccia Prada became, well, Miuccia Prada, she was Maria Bianchi. Long before starting her career in fashion, she diligently studied at the University of Milan and finished triumphantly with a Ph.D. in political science in 1973. It wasn’t until 1985 that the creative made her impressive debut in the fashion world with the introduction of the black nylon handbags as backpacks that quickly earned the attention of the fashion world.
Today, the designer is at the helm of billon dollar fashion house Prada and the founder of its subsidiary Miu Miu, established in 1993. Ahead, GRAZIA celebrates the iconic fashion revolutionary by looking back at her most iconic moments with the brand through the years.
1988: Miuccia Prada presented her first fall-winter collection in Milan
The collection was focused on clean lines and silhouettes meant to be timelessly chic.
2007: The Silk Turban is a standout of Prada‘s spring-summer 2007 RTW women‘s collection
Prada brought back the social trend of the early glamour days. Most of the turbans were jewel-toned, naturally evoking the spirit of glorious summer.
2012: The Fired-Up Stiletto adorned the spring-summer 2012 runway
This fiery stiletto was impossible to miss on the spring-summer 2012 runway.
2018: Miuccia Prada is awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award
Prada received the Outstanding Achievement Award presented by the British fashion council.
2019: The iconic Prada Nylon makes a comeback with a new reedition
The nylon bag that made its initial appearance in the 80s and quickly became a notable hit when reintroduced in 2019 took the new age fashion crowd by storm. The bag instantly became a hit again with It girls Bella Hadid, Kylie Jenner, and more.
2019: The padded headband instantly becomes THE accessory of the year
Creating cult favorites isn’t anything new to Prada. However, the padded headband took off as the hair accessory of the year almost immediately.
2020: Raf Simons joins Miuccia Prada as co-creative director
Prada established a collaborative partnership with Belgian talented designer Raf Simons. Previously the creative director at Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, and Jil Sander, the designer, joined Prada as co-creative director.